Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mid-Carolina AHEC Partners with South Carolina Youth Diabetes Association

Mid-Carolina AHEC has partnered with the South Carolina Youth Diabetes Association (SCYDA) to provide continuing education for school nurses. SCYDA is a 501(c)3 organization that aims to improve the lives of youth in South Carolina who are living with Type 1 diabetes by offering medically-driven camping opportunities and support to the children and families living with diabetes.  SCYDA offers camps, college support, and enhanced school support for diabetes management (including support for public school nurses). 

Traci Scott, RN, CDE, is a member of the SCYDA Board of Trustees and also a mother of a child with diabetes.  She is currently working on two programs that will be available as online courses via AHEC U (www.ahecu.org) related to caring for children with diabetes in the school setting.  The Sweet Science series will include “Providing Care to Students with Diabetes in the Public School Setting” and “Pumping Insulin.”  The goal of this series is to provide school nurses with more knowledge and understanding of treatment of Type 1 and 2 diabetes, insulin to carbohydrate ratio and management of various insulin pumps.

Ms. Scott will also present the Sweet Science series to the nurse volunteers who attend Camp Sweet Escape in June and August.  To find out more about SCYDA or Camp Sweet Escape please visit their websites:  www.scyda.com and www.campsweetescape.com.

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